On Wednesday Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba continued his official meetings in Sofia, visiting Parliament, where he told MPs from the Foreign Affairs committee that "to everyone who has doubts whether you should help Ukraine - those who do not help us, (effectively) help Russia." The same parliamentary committee has now been debating military help for the besieged country for over three weeks now. In other news:
Ukraine envoy slams President Radev for call to end bloodshed between "brotherly nations""If we are brothers, then we are Abel and Cain," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba told Bulgarian Head of State Rumen Radev during a meeting at the Presidency on Wednesday as part of Mr Kuleba's two-day visit to Sofia. The comment came after Mr Radev called for an "end to the bloodshed between the two brotherly nations" of Ukraine and Russia.
Bulgarian authorities continued sending mixed messages during Mr Kuleba's visit. While Prime Minister Kiril Petkov underlined Bulgaria's commitment to support the 91,000 refugees from the war-torn country, his Minister of Tourism Hristo Prodanov (BSP) said that 25,000 of them would need to vacate hotel rooms they live in by 31 May, in order not to disrupt the tourist season.
NATO's Admiral Bauer visits Bulgaria
Тhe Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday for an official visit. Within the framework of the visit the Chairman of the highest military body of the Alliance will meet Minister of Defense Dragomir Zakov and the Chief of Defense, Admiral Emil Eftimov. They are due to discuss issues relating to strengthening the defense of NATO's south-eastern flank in the context of the war in Ukraine and the Alliance's adaptation in response to the changed geopolitical security environment, Bulgaria's Defense Ministry said. Additionally, Admiral Bauer will participate in a Capability Demonstration Day during a joint training of a battle group at the Novo Selo training range.
Parliament approves cabinet plan to pay road construction companies
MPs allowed the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) to immediately pay 50 percent of its dues (worth just over 1 billion BGN) to the road construction companies that maintain the roads, and all expenses linked to placing road markings and signs. 122 MPs voted in favor, 35 were against and two abstained. According to the adopted decision, the remaining 50 percent of all financial obligations of the agency shall be paid out after a decision of the National Assembly and on the basis of a report prepared by the inter-ministerial working group and an opinion of the Parliamentary Committee on Regional Policy, Public Works and Local Self-Government.